CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction; 2. Origins and systematic survey of primitive Buddhism; 3. Mahayana Buddhism in relation to Hinayana Buddhism; 4. Development of Mahayana Buddhism; 5. Socio-economic background of transition; 6. Later aspects of Buddhism; 7. Spread of Buddhism; 8. Buddhist art, culture and jurisprudence; 9. Buddhism in modern age; 10. Decline of Buddhism; 11. Conclusions.
This book titled "Buddhism: From Genesis to Decline" is an exposition on Buddhism from the origin to decay in India. It is a conscientious piece of work exploring different aspects of Buddhism in the light of modern viewpoint. The majority of arguments and interpretations in the book have been based on evidences. It emphasizes on the historical developments of Buddhism from its earlier version Hinayana to its later version Mahayana outlining several factors. Which led to such a growth. The later development of Mahayana Buddhism is Tantrayana, which has got special treatment. The aesthetic aspects of Buddhism in the form of Buddhist art, culture and jurisprudence have also been delineated. Buddhism vis-a-vis modern scientific ethics has been discussed in a critical way in this work.